James Mifflin

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James Mifflin
James Mifflin poster.jpg
A U.S. Navy poster featuring Mifflin
Born 1839
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.

 United States of America


 United States Navy

Years of service 1864 - 1865
Rank Engineer's Cook
Unit USS Brooklyn (1858)
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

James Mifflin (born 1839, date of death unknown) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War.

Mifflin enlisted in the Navy from his home state of Virginia in April 1864,[1] and by August 5, 1864 was serving as an Engineer's Cook on the USS Brooklyn (1858). During the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, Mifflin stood fast and performed his ammunition supply duties despite enemy shellfire. For his conduct during this battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Also the ship USS Mifflin (APA-207) was named in his honor, the ship participated in the landings at Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

US Navy Medal of Honor (1862 original).png

Rank and Organization:

Engineer's Cook, U.S. Navy. Born: 1839, Richmond, Va. Accredited to: Virginia. G.O. No.: 45, December 31, 1864.


On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats and the ram CSS Tennessee (1863) in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Stationed in the immediate vicinity of the shell whips which were twice cleared of men by bursting shells, Mifflin remained steadfast at his post and performed his duties in the powder division throughout the furious action which resulted in the surrender of the prize rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Civil War sailors database
  2. ^ "Mifflin,James, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient". American Civil War website. 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 


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